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UPDATED: Severe Storm Rips Through Arlington

by ARLnow.com | September 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm | 8,684 views | 48 Comments

Update at 8:45 p.m. — The number of Dominion customers without power in Arlington is currently listed as 5,762.

Update at 4:55 p.m. — Dominion is now reporting 9,262 customers without power in Arlington, mostly in South Arlington.

Update at 4:50 p.m. – The Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K race is still on, but may follow an alternate route due to flooding on Long Bridge Drive. The race start time may also be slightly delayed, organizers say.

Update at 4:35 p.m. — Traffic on southbound I-395 is backed up from the downed tree near King Street to the area of the Pentagon. Most of the potential for severe weather in the area has now passed, according to forecasters.

Update at 4:25 p.m. – Numerous trees and power lines are reported down in parts of south and north Arlington. A tree is currently blocking the southbound lanes of S. Eads Street in the area of 12th Street, in Pentagon City.

Update at 4:15 p.m. — At least 1,000 Dominion customers in Arlington are currently without power, mostly in South Arlington along S. Glebe Road and S. Walter Reed Drive.

Update at 4:10 p.m. — A tree is down across all but one lane of southbound I-395 near King Street.

Update at 4:00 p.m. — Arlington County is dispatching a technical rescue for a report of a person trapped under a stage at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival. Update: The individual is no longer trapped and being evaluated by medics.

Arlington County is under a Tornado Warning through 4:15 p.m.

From the National Weather Service:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR… CITY OF FALLS CHURCH IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… SOUTHERN ARLINGTON COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA… EASTERN FAIRFAX COUNTY IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA…

* UNTIL 415 PM EDT

* AT 343 PM EDT… A CONFIRMED TORNADO WAS REPORTED NEAR FAIRFAX… AND WAS MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH. THIS TORNADO HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY COUNTY OFFICIALS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… ALEXANDRIA… HUNTINGTON… CRYSTAL CITY… BALLSTON… THE WOODROW WILSON BRIDGE… REAGAN NATIONAL AIRPORT…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING AND AVOID WINDOWS. IF OUTDOORS OR IN A MOBILE HOME OR VEHICLE… MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

MOTORISTS SHOULD NOT TAKE SHELTER UNDER HIGHWAY OVERPASSES. AS A LAST RESORT… EITHER PARK AND STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE… OR ABANDON YOUR VEHICLE AND LAY FLAT IN A LOW SPOT.

THIS TORNADO MAY BE WRAPPED IN RAIN AND HARD TO SEE. TAKE COVER NOW.

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  • I.P. Daly

    The storm started two minute before you sent tnis, no way to aboid the storm with notice. Grade for acb emergency alert, F.

    • tryagain

      The original warning post was at 12:55 pm . . . .

    • http://www.guusbosman.nl Guus

      I received an emergency notice on my phone before 3:48 pm (Courthouse area).

      http://www.guusbosman.nl/2012/09/08/tornado-warning

    • bman

      arlnow doesn’t post much on weekends. (they must be away from the office)

    • drax

      I read the news and weather report Friday and watched for the approach of the storm Saturday, and adjusted my plans accordingly. Sometimes you have to pay attention to the world outside your little phone.

  • gnushell

    Wow that storm was intense but thankfully brief. Hoping the tornado warning abates. No trees down this part of Westover.

    • Colleen

      Ha, funny I should see you on here, was just checking the status – hubby was in BK in Falls Church and texted me — i’m in Savannah right now Glad you are ok. CL

      • gnushell

        Colleen, truly funny. Glad all of you are okay too.

  • Dandog

    I.P. the storm warnings on been Weather Channel for 6 hours….

    • I.P. Daly

      not a weather channel geek nor do i watch tv. i was up updated by a text from local news service 10 minutes before storm. Arlington sent an obligatiry email after it started. how does arlibgton inform e other than the weather channel couch potatoe?

      • Dude

        I got an Arlington alert email YESTERDAY. Hard to fault the warning on this one unless you’re one of the types who just likes to complain.

      • John Fontain

        Why does the county government owe you any warning at all about a thunderstorm? Seriously?

        • I.P. Daly

          oh me? i set up a warning notification with the local news system who warned me 10 minutes before. Arlington performing subpar as usual informs people after it happened and has die hard liberal stumps to argue for them. think about what you read and write.

          • John Fontain

            So in other words, you don’t have an answer to my question.

        • JimPB

          John Fontain: I agree — needless duplication of an abundance of services. Terminate and return the funds expended for this to the taxpayers.

  • WM

    Apparently everything ok around Colonial Village II, will look around when rain stops.

  • q

    Power flicked off and quickly back on in Ballston, all seems well now.

  • Bob

    Seems Arlington officials don’t even heed their own warnings.

    A weather alert from *yesterday*, 9/7, from Arlington County:

    “The National Weather Service reports the possibility of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds for the entire Metropolitan Area on Saturday, September 8th. The storm is expected in the afternoon hours. Beware of your surroundings and monitor local media for additional information.”

    From the Arlington County Virginia Facebook page today, a.m., 9/8: “A gorgeous day at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival!”

    From ArlNow, 9/8: “Update at 4:00 p.m. — Arlington County is dispatching a technical rescue for a report of a position trapped under a stage at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival.”

  • Good Grief

    Any updates on the Jazz Festival situation? Hope everyone is ok.

  • B-dog

    Power out near Chesterbrook and Glebe – please bring battery operated iPhone chargers

  • dallynd

    I got a severe weather alert yesterday for this afternoon, then nothing until 4:04 when it had made it’s way through. Good thing the EAS on radio and TV worked.

    • WM

      I prefer my weather radio… after the “derecho” it is hard to trust hi-tech devices.

  • Natcat

    Power out at s glebe and 395. Any idea when dominion thinks it will come back on?

    • Brie

      We were told “between 3 and 4 hours, but maybe even longer” at 5pm.

    • Brie

      Ours just came back on.

  • CW

    “Position trapped under a stage”…why journalists should disable auto correct…

  • bobco85

    Wow, Weather.com actually got this correct! This morning when I checked the hourly forecast, they had 100% chance of precipitation for 22203 at 4 pm. That said, stopped clocks are always right twice a day, right?

    • bman

      but they failed on strong storms at 90-100% from 8-10pm

      nothing happened then. just super light rain

      weather.com is proving their college education

      • drax

        How dare they not be 100% accurate in predicting the future!

  • SouthArlington

    Still out of power at Columbia Knoll at South Arlington ;(

  • dallynd

    Correction: the timely alerts came via email rather than text.

  • Enna

    Power just came back on at S. Walter Reed and Columbia Pike.

  • C

    Still no power near Lee Highway/ Old Dominion

  • Jenny

    send national weather service to the glencarlyn area of Arlington

  • Sarah

    Partial power at N Barton an N Pershung.

  • JimPB

    4 pm update: “a POSITION trapped…” Hmmm.

  • D-Run

    Did it rain in Donaldson Run?

  • Greg

    Was trying to bag some leaves before the storm hit. Epic fail.

  • Anna

    Was anyone else on Washington St in Westover at about 5pm today when the power line exploded and caught on fire? Flaming power line fell on a line of cars as people ran screaming out of Lost Dog and Lebanese Taverna. Terrifying! Also totally exhilarating. (I can say that bc no one was under the thing when it fell, thank God. Also didn’t appear to cause much damage, despite the fact that it was shooting sparks and fire everywhere)

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    Power still out here. And just a few months post Derecho, and a few month before snow/ice storm season.

    Hey, I’ve got a great idea – lets spend metric a$$ tons of money on a trolley and not address the not-infrequent power outage problem.

    Undergrounding power lines would be a start. Yes, I’ve read about the expense per mile. But, according to the trolleyists, spending millions on a money-losing endeavor that is supposed to “vibranate” CP and bring in increased tax revenue through projected development is a viable reason to spend, so I say spending gobs on maintaining and upgrading our grid infrastructure so people don’t constantly lose power in irregular, but not infrequent, storm events is an equally valid, if not more so, reason to spend megabucks.

    • NIMBY the Chicken

      Well hopefully relief is in sight for you with the lee highway streetscaping project. I wish Dominion would have partnered with the DES on the new water pipes going down Glebe road!

  • SouthArlington

    Still without power at 5101 8th Rd !!!!!!

  • DavidM

    I just hope Comcast restores service in time for my first date with RGIII at 1:00pm! It’s been out since about an hour after the storm northwest of the hospital…

  • JnA

    Important question is why large outdoor events were not cancelled when it was known a cold front was approaching behind of a mass of very warm air.

  • Breaking News?

    Wow, according to ArlNow, this tornado has been hanging around for something like 12 hours now.

  • NoVapologist

    Does the county tell when its time to go to the bathroom too?

    • Id

      Yes. it’s their doody.

  • NoVapologist

    That was or I.P. Daly. Dang Internet.

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